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Rare 2,000-year-old Iberian sword recovered by police in Spain


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More than 2,000 years after it was last wielded by a warrior somewhere on the Iberian peninsula, a rare, magnificent – and plundered – sword has been recovered by Spanish police, who tracked it down before it was sold online.

The pre-Roman falcata, a double-edged, curved sword used by the Iberians between the fifth and first centuries BC, was seized along with 202 other archaeological pieces after it appeared on what Policía Nacional officers termed “a well known social media site”.

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The sword, which has been dated to between the third and first century BC, is particularly sought after because of the original condition of its blade. As falcatas were personal weapons, they tended to be buried with their owners, their blades deliberately bent and beaten to put them beyond the use of others. This one, however, has an intact blade.

According to Spain’s National Archaeological Museum, falcatas, which could cut as well as stab, were complex, efficient and functional weapons that were often imbued with a symbolic value relating to the wealth and social standing of their owners.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/25/spanish-police-recover-rare-2000-year-old-iberian-sword

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